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John W. McGuthry is I&IT's new CIO.
John W. McGuthry, Cal Poly Pomona’s new Chief Information Officer, is an avid golfer and likes to use golf analogies to explain the role of Information Technology (IT). When asked about the role of IT in the world of higher education, McGuthry points to the faithful golf caddie.
“There are two types of caddies,” McGuthry explained. “The first caddie simply hands the golfer the club requested and hopes for the best. The second caddie provides advice on which club to use based on the golfer’s swing, the wind conditions and the type of hole.”
It is the second role that McGuthry prides himself in. But he says sometimes the first is also necessary. “We as IT leaders must determine how to support our community, gauging their moods and needs. We must determine how we best fit in and help,” he explains.
McGuthry is excited about joining the university on July 5 as CIO, replacing the retiring Stephanie Doda. He thinks his most important contribution at the start will be his consultative experience.
“I want to use my consulting background to continue with the positive leadership contributions provided by Stephanie,” McGuthry commented.
Asked what he thinks of I&IT so far, he says he likes what he sees. He points to a “lot of good procedures and teamwork.” He particularly enjoyed the recent commencement, calling it a “very professional high definition” production.
“I’m very impressed with I&IT and the leadership provided by Stephanie,” McGuthry commented.
McGuthry expects to get to work meeting key university IT partners when he leaves his current role as CIO at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia, and officially becomes a Bronco.
“I would like to begin building relationships,” McGuthry says. “I understand I&IT has great working relationships with many in the university and I hope to continue developing those relationships.”
McGuthry expects to spend the first few months in his new role listening.
“Some may wonder what I am going to change with I&IT,” he explains. “I have not seen anything that would cause me to believe changes are necessary. However, if changes are necessary, I’ll look inside I&IT first to help make those decisions.”
He is hard at work moving his wife, teenage son and himself from coast to coast, a 2,400-mile westward shift. And like a true IT leader, he is planning carefully.
“We are building a household master plan that has about two days of slack time,” he laughed.
In any case, he is truly enthusiastic about his new home in Bronco Land, even though he shows his sense of humor about his anxiousness to begin.
“If you come by the front of Building 98 at about 5:00 a.m. on July 5 and you see a guy sitting on the curb waiting for someone to open the building, that will be me,” McGuthry said. “Seriously, I can’t wait to join the team and get started.”
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This page was last updated on June 14, 2011.